A Sporting Woman

Discusses the Pension System regarding the Act of August 7, 1882

A few weeks ago I received the civil war pension records for my ggg-grandfather's bigamist brother Isaac Lightcap. The records reveal quite a character - a very attractive man who enjoys a drink... or two... or three...  The bigamy speaks for itself. At first, I felt sorry for his second wife, Emily Hair.  I mean, who wouldn't?  Her husband dies in 1878, a little over 4 years after they married.  She's left a widow in her 30s.  In 1895, she's dropped from receiving Isaac's pension on the ground that she's "violated the Act of August 7, 1882, by open and … [Read more...]

Marriage Certificate for Nicholas Bausman, Jr. and Catherine Hebenstreit

Marriage Certificate for Nicholas Bausman and Catherine Hebenstreit

This is the marriage certificate of my great-great grandparents, Nicholas Bausman and Catherine Hebenstreit. They married January 21, 1886, at St. Matthew's parsonage in Shullsburg, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.  Catherine is the daughter of Vitus Hebenstreit and Bertha Schafer.  Nicholas is the son of Nicholas Bausman Sr and Mary Casper. Transcription of marriage certificate: I, undersigned, do hereby certify, that on the 21st day of January A.D. 1886 in the parsonage of St. Matthew, Shullsburg, Wis. I joined in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony Mr. Nicholas Bausman … [Read more...]

Obituary for Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys Cecilia (Ray) Davis was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy. Gladys was 21 years old when she died in childbirth at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa.  Her baby girl died a few days later.  The baby was not named. Mother and baby are buried together at Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Her obituary was published in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) on  Wednesday, Oct 24, 1917.  Obituary incorrectly states she died on October 23. She died on Oct 24. Transcription of … [Read more...]

Death of Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence

Death: Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence

Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence, daughter of John Lightcap and Mary Chamberlin, died on February 5, 1895, in Bloomville, Seneca Co, Ohio, at the home of her daughter Anna (Lawrence) Carson.  She's buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Seneca Co, Ohio. The notice of her death was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune, Seneca Co, Ohio. Transcription of obituary: Died - Mrs. Lawrence, formerly of Melmore, at the home of her son-in-law, William Carson, two miles west of Bloomville, on the farm of the late Isaac Seitz, Tuesday morning, at one o'clock, in the … [Read more...]

Biography: Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap is the son of John Lightcap and Mary Chamberlin, my gggg-grandparents.  He was born on October 7, 1826, in Milford, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey. He married Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, on August 9, 1849, in Republic, Seneca Co, Ohio. Holoway served in the Civil War as Quartermaster for 85th Regiment, Illinois infantry, Company F & S (Field & Staff). He mustered in December 1, 1861. Commissioned an officer in Company S, Illinois 85th Infantry Regiment on March 13, 1863. Holoway mustered out on July … [Read more...]

Obituary: Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler

Joseph and Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler

Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler was the daughter of Francis J. Uhlrich and Teresa Heid and sister of my gg-grandmother Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was born August 12, 1868, in Galena, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She was one of eight children. She married Joseph George Hatzenbuhler October 29, 1894. They had six children. She is buried in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa, along with her parents, husband and their children Arnold J and Marjorie Hatzenbuhler . Obituary appeared in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Thursday, July 31, 1924, … [Read more...]

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Here is another article about the death of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap, who was shot and killed.  The article was published in Kokomo Tribune, page 1, Thursday, Dec 22, 1872. Transcription of newspaper article: ACCIDENTALLY KILLED A Young Man in a Quarrel - His Father gets Shot A few days ago, at North Judson up the Chicago R.R., young Mr. Lightcap, the telegraph operator, got into trouble with a stranger and drew his revolver. Young Hoffacker, a brother of Daniel, both recently of this city, who are up there sawing wood for the company, ran in to … [Read more...]

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky was the daughter of John Strelesky and Ernestine Sanders.  She was a sister of my grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap.  Marjorie was born in Sheridan, Sheridan Co, Wyoming, February 26, 1919.  She died January 15, 2001, in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, Iowa. Interment made at Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Her obituary published in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City) on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 . Transcription of obituary: Marjorie Strelesky , 81, of Silver Pines Assisted Living Community, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Mercy Medical Center … [Read more...]

Funeral Card: Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Funeral card for Gladys Cecelia (Ray) Davis.  She was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Gladys was born January 21, 1896.  She was a mail-order bride, marrying Laban on November 23, 1915, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. Gladys died in childbirth on October 24, 1917. Their unnamed baby girl died a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  There is no marker for the baby. Transcription of funeral card: In Loving Remembrance of Mrs. … [Read more...]

Finally! Confirmation by way of Bigamy!

Who knew I’d get so excited to find out that my ggg-grandfather Levi Lightcap’s brother Isaac was a bigamist? But boy, am I glad! And I’m not referring to the moral ramifications of his deception. I’m talking about the genealogical gold mine that I received after requesting Isaac's Civil War pension file from the National Archives.  After both of Isaac's widows applied for his pension, a paperwork bonanza ensued.  A special investigator starts sorting out the mess, and who wins?  ME!  (Definitely not the wives, and that's a story I'll address another time.) As I've … [Read more...]

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